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07 September 2010 @ 07:56 pm
PICMETA: Guinevere- Tell the Tale  
Tell the Tale: Guinevere

AKA: ‘Nobody Puts Guinevere in a Corner’ and ‘Gwen=Glue’

Creator: starry_laa
Type of Submission: Picspam
Prompt: Tell the Tale, with Merlin, with Arthur, with Morgana
Rating: PG
Warnings: This has a lot of pictures! Also, it is a picmeta. A cross between a picspam and a meta.
Author's Notes: Written for thefuturequeen's Gwen Battle 2010, for the above prompts. Screencaps from here. Many thanks to my flist for their input and also a big thank you to sgmajorshipper, who tried her best to teach me how to use Photoshop, but I fell at the last hurdle (thus picnik has to suffice.) ♥

This post is going to be an introspective look at exactly who Gwen is, theories regarding her, reasons to love her and an in-depth analysis of her relationship between the characters Merlin, Morgana and Arthur. This will be posted in two or three installments. The ones today are of Gwen in general and a look at her relationship with Merlin in both series and with Arthur during series one. The A/G picmeta for series two and with Morgana are to follow. <3

Who is Guinevere?

Guinevere- or Gwen, as she much prefers to be called, is the daughter of a blacksmith and the handmaiden of Morgana. She’s also Merlin’s best friend of sorts, Arthur and Lancelot’s love interest and she also happens to be the Future Queen of Camelot.

Gwen is probably the most underappreciated (and often hated) main character on Merlin, but for many she is an integral character, for various reasons listed below.

She is the Ultimate Hugging Machine

She may only be a servant, but Gwen knows how to hug and she does so a lot.

She’s hugged more people than any other character on the show.

Several reasons possibly being: Gwen’s hugs save lives! Except her father’s.

Merlin has never hugged Gwen before, but he doesn’t need to because he’s immortal.

Gwen’s hugs make people’s hair longer and glossier (yes, even yours, Gaius!)

Gwen’s hugs restore lost faith!

Gwen’s hugs zap up evil energy and turn them into rainbows!

These are all true facts.

Without Gwen on the show, there would be no one to hug these characters and they’d all be lost and directionless and not knowing how to hug. And in the end, wouldn’t that just suck?

The Glue Theory

Gwen is the Ron Weasley of the Merlin fandom. That is, she is the most disliked by viewers out of the main characters, but without her there, the other three would have fallen apart.

Without Gwen, Merlin would have been declared a pervert by Morgana and would be rotting away in the dungeons from the get- go instead of doing his sorcery thing.

Should he have survived that debacle, he would have had no Gwen to show him how to put on armoury, and Arthur would have sacked him sooner. Thus, Merlin would not have been around to save Arthur and Arthur would have died by snakes hiding in a shield.

Without Gwen, Morgana would be dead because no one was as determined as she to prove that Edwin was An Evil Person Doing Something Weird to Morgana. Also, Morgana wouldn’t have had a tender side, for she would have grown up with only the company of Arthur...

...and most probably would have killed him out of irritation.

Morgana would also be quite isolated and desolate because of her dreams and with no one like Gwen to comfort her, quite possibly could have fallen into despair.

Without Gwen, Arthur’s efforts to get the mortaeus flower would have been in vain and Merlin would be dead...

...much to Arthur’s eternal distress.

Also, without Gwen’s words of morale, Arthur would probably have drowned himself in nearest lake and Ealdor would be no more.

And let’s not forget Lancelot. Without Gwen, Lancelot would have turned up to the Knight Auditions dressed in armour made out of paper by Merlin and would have been laughed out of Camelot.

...basically, without Gwen, everybody would be dead.

Gwen also very much sticks the characters together. She is initially the link between Morgana and Merlin, and to a certain extent, the connecting point for Arthur and Morgana: their mutual concern for her unites the two together when they’d grown apart. Perhaps in the future, Gwen will also play an important link between Arthur and Merlin. Should Arthur ever find out that Merlin is magic and he becomes enraged about it, I hope Gwen is the buffer to unite the two back together.

Thus, I believe that Gwen is an important force between these characters. She brings out a side to each that is never shown to anyone else.

She weaves each of them together and they’re all intertwined. Should any of them fall, she’s there to pick them off the ground, put them back together and show them the way.

That Guinevere, she is like glue.

An In-Depth Analysis with Each of the Characters:

With Merlin

Gwen is the first friend Merlin makes in Camelot. Having tasted what the kingdom has to offer (i.e. Arthur) and not being impressed by it, Gwen’s presence is the much needed welcome he needs.

She saves him from what would have been an incredibly awkward situation with Morgana, when Merlin inadvertently walks into the lady’s chambers, and she’s there for Merlin when he needs someone to show him how to put on armour.

Initially, Gwen is quite besotted with Merlin. She sees him as a saviour-type figure who isn’t afraid to stand up to the boorish Arthur. He contains a freshness as well as a uniqueness that draws her in. He’s not the rough, tough, save-the-world type like Arthur, but he’s different and she appreciates that.

Before Merlin, we assume that Gwen has never had a crush on anybody, so Gwen’s adoration for Merlin can be perceived as the archetypal puppy love. She thinks him admireable and is a fan of his dorkiness...

...which she’s quite susceptible to herself.


Gwen: Well, I’m glad you walked away, you weren’t going to beat him.
Merlin: Oh, I can beat him!

Gwen:*sceptical* You think?! Because you don’t look like one of these big muscly types kind of fellows.

Merlin: .....

Gwen: *mortified*No! I’m sure you’re stronger than you look. It’s just Arthur’s one of these real rough, tough save-the-world kind of men, and well...


Gwen: You don’t look like that.

Merlin: *chirpy, despite his ego taking a bashing* beckons: I’m in disguise.

Gwen: I didn’t mean you. Obviously. Not you. But just, you know, I like much more ordinary men. Like you.


Gwen: Purple suits you. Not that I’m saying red doesn’t suit you....
Merlin: *beams* Thanks!

Gwen: You're strange!... Uh, I don't mean that in a nasty way. You're funny.

Unfortunately for her, Merlin doesn’t see her like that, and although there isn’t much of a transition between Gwen’s feelings for him, you get the impression that her crush on him eventually transcends into a strong friendship.

There are many instances of their bond:

"You have to show everyone that you were right and they were wrong."

"Please, one thing-you don't have to- but..."
"Remember me."
"You're not going to die. I am not going to let this happen.

"Ask, Merlin and you know I’d grant you anything."

"If it was the other way round, you’d help us. You already have. You saved my life."

"Morgana's been amazing these last few days."
"I think you've been amazing. After all that's happened....getting your life back together..."

You have a good heart, Gwen. Don't ever lose that.

Come series 2, Merlin and Gwen’s friendship takes a backseat, but there are some resonating moments.

For example, Merlin’s trust in Gwen that she will take good care of Arthur.

"I can’t believe you talked me into this!"

Don’t worry, Gwen! You only have to put up with Arthur’s snoring, smelly feet and bad manners for a few more days!

Yeah, actually, maybe it’s not the most tempting of prospects...

In 2x03, they are the ones most concerned about Morgana’s welfare.

And in 2x04, Merlin is the one most attuned to Gwen’s feelings for both Lancelot and Arthur, and does his best to console her when she is upset by both the situation and Lancelot’s departure.

When Gaius is wrongly accused of witchcraft (here’s looking at you, Merlin!), it’s Gwen and Merlin who team together to clear him.

Thus, Gwen and Merlin have quite an extensive interaction on the show. From crushes to great friends, they handle each stage with flair and grace and the evolution of their friendship has been a splendid one to watch unfold.

I was always in the mindset that Gwen’s feelings for Merlin was always one sided (I mean, could Merlin have more vehemently denied being in love with Gwen when Arthur called him up on it?) and Merlin was always in love with Morgana. But re-watching the earlier scenes of these two have shown how flirty Merlin can be with Gwen and has affirmed for me how delightful these two are together- as potential lovers and as friends.

I never used to be a Merlin/Gwen shipper before this picspam, but no lie, I find them quite compelling now!


Part Two:Arthur/Gwen Series One
Rona: A/G  sorry gifcrayford on September 12th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Absolutly amazing!

I didn't realize that Gwen was such a hugger! She needs to Hug Uther. I bet if she does he's heart would melt and all would be right in the world.

I shall have a proper look at this post and the next.
starry_laa: Merlin: a/g hugstarry_laa on September 12th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Absolutly amazing!
Lol, Gwen is *such* a hugger. She has hugged more people than she has snogged.

Haha, Uther definitely needs that hug, but under the circumstances, Gwen will be very unwilling to give it.

Thanks, bb.
threemeowsthreemeows on September 12th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
This made me roflmao several times.


Fantastic and lovely picspam! <3
starry_laastarry_laa on September 12th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC)
Aw, yay!


Thanks bb!!! <3
a girl who knew how to be happy even when sadsgmajorshipper on September 12th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Gotta love the girl *huggles her* And of course your picmeta did her complete justice :D

starry_laa: Merlin: Gwen horsestarry_laa on September 12th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
IKR? How could anyone not love her???

Thanks bb, so glad you think so! <3
Jennifer: Merlin - Merlin/Gwen first meetinghmsharmony on September 12th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
LMFAO. Just, seriously, LMFAO. This is so brilliant, bb. Incredibly hilarious (EVERYONE WOULD BE DEAD. GWEN MAKES RAINBOWS. MERLIN WOULD BE IMPRISONED FOR BEING A PERVERT), yet incredibly well thought out at the same time. THIS IS WHY YOU ARE SO BRILLIANT.

Also, I am so thrilled that you're seeing the appeal of Merlin/Gwen. *hugs* WELCOME. WE HAVE BUNNY COOKIES. AND KITTENS. AND CUTE BABIES. BASICALLY ANYTHING ADORABLE, WE HAVE IT.
starry_laa: Merlin: Merlin and Gwen thumbs upstarry_laa on September 12th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Yay, am so, so glad you like this bb and that you found it funny! <3 AND FOR THE RECORD, I THINK YOU'RE BRILLIANT TOO.

I always loved M/G as a friendship pair, but this really made me want to read M/G fics. If you know any good ones, let me knows! *Takes those bunny cookies. And kittens.*

Jennifer: Merlin - Merlin/Gwen first meetinghmsharmony on September 12th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
I don't know of many, but here's a cute one: Glass Walls
M: I thought I lost youella_rose88 on September 13th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
You're right, Gwen is a hugging machine and after reading and looking at the pics I feel like I need a Gwen hug. It's what makes the world a brighter place.

nAWWWWW I just laugh and have a big grin on my face looking at series 1 Merlin/ Gwen moments. Loved that friendsip and I still do

starry_laa: Merlin: Gwen and Morgana hugstarry_laa on September 13th, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
A Gwen hug would be most amazing indeed!!!!

And I'm really glad it put a grin on your face :D
M: Queenella_rose88 on September 13th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
A Gwen hug would be most amazing indeed!!!!

It would. It would cure everything!

And I'm really glad it put a grin on your face :D

It did and the funniest thing is I thought that there was a third part only to discover that there wasn't yet. *sadface*
starry_laastarry_laa on September 13th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
I know, I know, I'm sorry! Part 3 won't be done until I get back from my mini-break away, which won't be til after next week!!! <3
M: Once & Future King and Queenella_rose88 on September 13th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC)
That is a-ok with me! I thoroughly enjoyed parts 1 & 2 anyway so the wait for part three will be worth it. I can;'t wait for the next part!
rubberglue: merlin: gwen walkingrubberglue on September 13th, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
Aww this is awesome! I love it. Wonderful work! It's simultaneously hilarious and spot on - I can't wait to read the other parts.

When you called Gwen the Ultimate Hugging Machine, I thought of the interview in which Bradley says Uther never hugged Arthur. Well, he has Gwen now! :D

And you reminded my why I love the Merlin/Gwen BFFness - they are just so cute together.

Edited at 2010-09-13 12:27 pm (UTC)
made of robust things: [merlin] gwen & merlin bffsanjali_organna on September 13th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
Um, can you just make picspams forever and ever? Because they are the best. THE BEST.
winwin7: Merlin_Gwenwinwin7 on September 13th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
what a lovely thing!
funny and very much spot on.
Merlin-Gwen ♥

Edited at 2010-09-13 01:25 pm (UTC)
Autumn: arthur_regal_autumncolours on September 13th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Merlin has never hugged Gwen before, but he doesn’t need to because he’s immortal. ...HAS MERLIN EVER HUGGED ANYONE? APART FROM THE TIME HE TRIED TO HUG ARTHUR AND ARTHUR LAUGHED IN HIS FACE? I am legit concerned for the poor boy's welfare now :(

Your Gwen = Ron Weasley theory is quite possibly the best thing I've ever read. AND SO VERY TRUE.

in 2x04, Merlin is the one most attuned to Gwen’s feelings for both Lancelot and Arthur aw, I re-watched this ep earlier and was struck by the very same thing! Particularly towards the end - when she wakes up to find Lancey gone, and Arthur's all MOVE IT WE NEED TO BE BACK IN CAMELOT YESTERDAY, and Gwen's all SADFACE - Merlin kinda stands beside her for a moment in a lovely caring manner, and it was lovely. /insightful comment.

Gwen’s feelings for Merlin was always one sided nd Merlin was always in love with Morgana IF THIS ISN'T CANON, IT NEEDS TO BE.

This is lovely lovelyyyyyyy ♥
grapecasegrapecase on May 6th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
The Glue Theory

Gwen is the Ron Weasley of the Merlin fandom. That is, she is the most disliked by viewers out of the main characters, but without her there, the other three would have fallen apart.

I just have to share that is a very, very good point. And I totally agree with it. That is probably why they tried so hard to distance the girls throughout season 2 and in season 3. Because they knew Gwen would just hug the sense back into Morgana. And glare down Morgause much in the same way she did Edwin when he was putting suspicious things in Morgana's ears. I can't wait to see the Morgana and Gwen picspam!
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